30.03.2007 - 30.03.2007 22 °C
First off, I must apologize for the delay in writing this week. Much of the week has just been focused on day to day work activities so there haven't been any great photo opporunities to share. However, today is my last day in South Africa and I feel I must bring this leg of the journey to a conclusion.
Today is definitely bittersweet. I've had an amazing time in South Africa, both personally and professionally. It definitely has had it's ups and downs but it's been a pleasure to work with a passionate dedicated group of individuals working together to make the world a better place.
John Hill, owner of Perryhill International, Cytyc Distributor in UK
In the short time I spent with John I could easily see that he is extremely well respected by his staff. John has a philosophy of people first and this is very evident in his business. We were able to have lunch together yesterday and I learned that his other home is only an hours flight from mine - just outside Salt Lake City.
Brenda is the smiling face of Perryhill.
Donne, Marketing assistant for Women's Health at Perryhill. Donne keeps things running smoothly in the office. She also coordinates the details of the training events. She was kind enough to take me back to the hotel one evening and we had a nice chat.
[/i]Dorcas: I'm not sure what Dorcas's title is, but it should have been "MAKE YOU FEEL WELCOME" Manager. She knew what everyone liked to drink and would bring refills throughout the day. I got in trouble with Dorcas one afternoon for washing my coffee cup out. She told me that it was her job and Belinda jokingly told her that she would have that part of her salary sent to me! She always has a great smile on and makes customers and employees feel at home.
Engela, Marketing Director
Jemina, Cytology Applications Specialist
Belinda van der Merwe, Product Manager, Women's Health
[i]Review ThinPrep article in preparation for meeting
This morning Belinda and I had a meeting with the cervical cancer screening board at Pretoria Academic Hospital. The meeting went even better than expected and was a nice way to finish off my time in the field. For the past two days Jemina and I have been conducting morphology training for a new ThinPrep laboratory beginning a market evaluation of the system. The training has been going very well - the usual confidence, lack of confidence, confidence returns that we see in training classes in the US. Some things are universal!
We should wrap up training around 4pm and then Herman is taking me to the airport. I should be at the airport by 6pm and check in for my 8:00pm red eye flight to London. I'm scheduled to arrive around 7:00am tomorrow. There is only a 1 hour time difference between Johannesburg and London so I'm not expecting any jet lag - as long as I can sleep on the plane tonight!